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Yup. I’m in!

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Seriously?

Iris 2 poster

I mean, seriously?

I was braced for some fairly risible stuff. This is, after all, from the makers of Iris (*yawn*) and Athena (*eye roll*) and the writer of Poseidon (*headdesk*). But … seriously?

You know how we joke about how we lose 30 IQ points watching a dumb show because it’s so dumb? Well, I feel as if I have lost 30 IQ points because I FEEL DUMB. As in “Huh? What happened? What? Huh? What was that about?” kind of dumb. Because I don’t understand what happened in Episode One. Literally don’t understand. I’m kind of worried about my mental faculties now, maybe I’ve just suffered a stealth attack of dementia or something?

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I’m on Episode Four of Time Between Dog and Wolf (from here on dubbed “TBDAW”). It has taken me three tries – three tries! – to get past the first episode. Thing is, there are two things about k-dramas I can’t stand – (1) stories about pre-pubescent children falling in love (squick), and (2) exotic location shoots that make no sense, i.e., that drive the plot rather than plot driving location (e.g., why all that hanging around temples? Why speedboats on the Chao Phraya River? Apart from, they’re there, they’re nice to look at, and we can do it?). And both of these things we had in SPADES in Episode One of TBDAW.

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White Christmas is worth checking out. It’s interesting for being a rather different k-drama creature from what we usually get to see. And in any event, it’s really rather well done.

It’s an eight episode KBS drama special written by Park Yeon Seon (yay!) of Evasive Inquiry Agency (brilliant), Alone in Love (lovely), and Wild Romance (sadly marred by terrible directing, but still above-average). And directed by Kim Yong Soo (Hometown Legends).

The plot is a bit Agatha Christie, and a bit dorama-esque, to begin with – a handful of boys and one girl in an elite boarding school in the mountains are staying over the Christmas break together with one sports teacher. They have received menacing anonymous letters. A storm snows them in.

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I’m alive! But just barely. Life has been kicking my butt. Drama watching, let alone drama blogging, just wasn’t going to happen. But I have another deadline looming, so I may well be up for a spot of displacement activity again, ha ha!

Anyhows, this is just a quick update. I’ve finally finished Can We Get Married, which I enjoyed. To nobody’s surprise I bailed out of Cheongdamdong Alice. Now I’m finishing up 2011’s White Christmas.

What is perhaps surprising is that I lasted as long as Nine Episodes with Cheongdamdong Alice. Click on link below for more (and brief) wittering…

hideous poster - yup this just sums it up

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